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2015 Legislative Updates

The 2015 Colorado legislative session kicked off on January 7th and we are working hard to ensure that civil liberties legislation succeeds. Between testifying at public hearings, meeting with legislators and stakeholders, and drafting model bill language, the Public Policy Department at the ACLU of Colorado is busy! Be sure to watch your email inbox for ways you can help us keep civil liberties at the top of the Capitol’s agenda.

Below are the bills that are our highest priority for the 2015 legislative session and are still active in the legislature or recently defeated. For a full list of bills that we are taking a position on, see our Legislative Database.

Last updated: 5/1/2015


CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Police Data Collection and Community Policing – SB15-185
ACLU position: Support

Status:
Passed out of House committee

Homeless Persons’ Bill Of Rights – HB15-1264
ACLU position: Support
Establishes basic rights for persons experiencing homelessness, including the right to rest and move freely in public spaces without discrimination 
Status:
Killed in committee

Felony Offense For Repeat DUI Offenders – HB15-1043
ACLU position: Oppose
Makes a third DUI/DWAI within a seven-year period and a fourth DUI/DWAI in a lifetime class 4 felonies
Status:
Passed out of Senate Finance committee, headed to Appropriations

Peace Officer Shooting Transparency Measures – SB15-219
ACLU position: Support

Requires law enforcement agencies to develop protocols for multi-agency investigations of peace officer-involved shootings
Status:
Senate disagreed with House amendments, conference committee requested

Police Shooting Data Collection – SB15-217
ACLU position: Support

Requires law enforcement agencies to report demographic and other data after officer-involved shootings
Status:
Passed House Third Reading

No Contact With Defense-initiated Victim Outreach – HB15-1218
ACLU position: Oppose

Makes it more difficult for victims or victims’ family members to get questions answered by the defense.
Status:
Sent to the Governor for signature

Disclose Misrepresentations by Peace Officers – SB15-218
ACLU position: Support

Requires state or local law enforcement agencies to disclose to other Colorado law enforcement hiring agencies whether former employees knowingly misrepresented anything.
Status:
Senate is considering House amendments

PRIVACY & TECHNOLOGY

Red Light Camera – HB15-1098
ACLU position: Support
Prohibits the use of red light cameras by state, county, city, or municipality to identify traffic violations and issue citations based on photographic evidence.
Status:
House Second Reading laid over daily

School District Data Protection And Transparency – SB15-173
ACLU position: Support

Prohibits vendors from selling or using student data for marketing and advertising purposes.
Status:
Senate considering House amendments

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION & RELIGION

Tax Credits For Nonpublic Education – SB15-045
ACLU position: Oppose

Provides tax credits for parents who enroll their children in private schools, including religious schools.
Status:
Killed in committee

REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM

A Woman’s Right to Accurate Healthcare Information – SB15-285
ACLU position: Oppose

Requires a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, requires an ultrasound, and requires healthcare providers to describe what they see on the ultrasound and whether or not the fetus can feel pain. Forces women and doctors to sign documents stating that they have been provided/have provided information on the fetus, the procedure, the alternatives, and that they give/have received consent to have the procedure.
Status:
Killed in committee

Offenses Against Unborn Children – SB15-268
ACLU position: Oppose

Creates “personhood.”
Status:
Passed Third Senate Reading

IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

State Authority Immigration Enforcement – HB15-1356
ACLU position: Support

Prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from detaining people beyond their release date solely at the request of ICE.
Status:
Introduced in Senate